Admiral of the Narrow Seas
|Office of the Admiral of the Narrow Seas|
Flag of the Kingdom of England
|Reports to||Lord High Admiral, Board of Admiralty|
|Nominator||Monarch of England, First Lord of the Admiralty|
|Appointer||Monarch of England|
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed , (usually for life)|
|Inaugural holder||Admiral Sir William Driver|
The Admiral of the Narrow Seas also known as the Admiral for the guard of the Narrow Seas  was a senior Royal Navy appointment. The post holder was chiefly responsible for the command of the English navy's Narrow Seas Squadron  also known as the Eastern Squadron  that operated in the two seas which lay between England and Kingdom of France (the English Channel particularly the Straits of Dover) and England and the Spanish Netherlands later the Dutch Republic (the southern North Sea) from 1412 to 1688..
The first royal commission as Admiral to a naval officer was granted in 1303. By 1344 it was only used as a rank at sea for a captain in charge of a fleet or fleets. In the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the Kingdom of England claimed sovereignty over certain bodies of water close to the British Isles.Two seas those between the Kingdom of France and England (the English Channel particularly the Straits of Dover) and the Spanish Netherlands later the Dutch Republic and England (the southern North Sea). As a result of England's claim of these territorial waters there was an enforceable requirement placed on any foreign ships passing through the area to acknowledge all English warships. England also exercised control over all fishing rights within the same waters. Among the most important naval postings during these times was the Admiral of the Narrow Seas sometimes called the Vice-Admiral of the Narrow Seas or Rear-Admiral of the Narrow Seas to denote he was junior to the Lord Admiral of England, these flag officers were formally appointed by the crown. Their responsibilities were to guard the narrow seas from foreign threats, protect English fishing vessels and enforce English sovereignty over said waters. Claims to the narrow seas lasted until the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland agreed to set a new three mile limit along with other European countries in 1822.
|Admiral of the Narrow Seas|
|1.||Admiral||William Driver||Dec, 1552–Jan, 1553|||
|2.||Admiral||Sir John Malyn||Feb, 1563–Apr, 1563|||
|3.||Admiral||Sir Thomas Cotton||Aug–Sept, 1563|||
|4.||Admiral||Lord Henry Seymour||1588–1589|||
|6.||Admiral||Sir Richard Leveson||1598–1601|||
|7.||Admiral||Sir William Monson||Aug, 1602–1613|||
|8.||Admiral||Sir Francis Howard||Jan, 1616–1618|||
|9.||Admiral||Sir Henry Mervyn||1623–1625|||
|10.||Admiral||Robert Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick||1643|||
|11.||General at Sea||Sir Robert Blake||1652–1657|||
|12.||General at Sea||Sir Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich||Jul, 1657–1658|||
|13.||Admiral of the White||Sir Edward Montagu 1st Earl Sandwich||Jun, 1661–1665|||
|14.||Admiral of the Blue||Sir Roger Strickland||1687–1688|||
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